6'0 Tall wife to Muscle Man, mother of 3, full time career woman, with an addiction to running wherever her size 10's will take her.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Off to see the Wizard

Living near the Emerald City (Seattle) is amazing...being so close to the Wizard and all.. (LOL) On date night Muscle man and I saw "The Wizard of Oz" at the local musical playhouse.. I could not help but taking Glinda the Good Witch's advice and using it for US..
Good Advice Don't you think? Start at the Beginning and just Follow the road, Follow, Follow, Follow...you get the idea... But what road? For how long? What if there are bumps along the way? What if the road is covered in leaves and no longer looks yellow? HELP GLINDA!!
If only Magic wands were sold at the local store. To wave a wand and be as fast as Kara Goucher, to have no pain or injuries, to reach the "Goal weight" we have worked so hard to achieve while eating chocolate...oh the POWER. I know Harry Potter would try to convince you otherwise, but there are no Magic wands.. Thankfully we have wonderful resources online and folks who seem to have the magic advice we need at just the right time.
We are lucky enough to have friends, family, community, groups of people like us and partners whose amazing support and constant encouragement make the (yellow) path seem easier. There are days when we need to lean more on these people and times when we are there to be the strength. The road is best traversed with a group of people, whether they are with you physically, mentally, or cyberlandly (I totally made up that word).
You will lose your BRAIN on your path. (Common causes: Autopilot, nerves, delirium and LONG RUNs) Oh yes! Losing your ability to calculate simple math and ending up a mile short when you get to your front door. Forgetfulness, on race morning you will realize that the battery for your camera is still plugged into the wall. Or you will get to the gym to work out and your shoes did not make it into your gym bag. Somewhere along the road your brain will fall out and you will make decisions you never would have, had that wonderful, essential tool still been attached. Oh but we do have BRAINS...we know more about fueling, chafing, fartleks, intervals, long runs, timing chips, Gu, hydrating, nutrition, and spandex, than most people ever will..
You will lose your HEART on your path. (Common Causes: fatigue, heartbreak, and stress) We all start with the best intentions and energy. The good running days are AMAZING and fill you with JOY on your journey! The bad running days are horrible and make you want to run off the road, burn your running shoes and head for a pint of ice cream. On the weight loss path the scale can start your trek with a smile or a FROWN. Being "burnt-out" are the words commonly used, because it is easier to say than "I have lost the heart to run, work-out, lose weight, etc." The person who started the on the road to your goal is nary a memory as you think over and over "Why am I here?" Oh but we do have HEART...heart is what pushes us every day and what keeps the legs moving up and around and over and through. Our heart keeps us from giving up, holding to the HOPE that the path will lead to a new and better person. No matter the distance, your heart is what keeps the strides one after the other.
You will lose your COURAGE on your path. (Common Causes: self-doubt, negativity, injuries and setbacks) It is easy to fill out a registration form and enter a race. It is easy to put on your shoes and walk out the door. It is easy to lose the first 5 pounds. What is hard is keeping the courage to hold strong on the path. The fear comes when you realize your have so far to go. You shudder being away from home and feeling your energy fade. Negative thoughts sneak in, make you feel that at the end of the long Road your Goal may be out of your reach. There are bumps, setbacks, injuries, bad days. Oh but we do have courage...we do things every day that most people are AMAZED and would never dream to try. If we fall short of our goals we have backup goals and know that next time we WILL get it. Courage is facing the fear, negativity and self doubt and saying "Stick it, you will not beat me today!"

There is no WIZARD OF OZ... But if there were what would you ask for? What one thing do you feel would make you a better Person, Runner, Mom, Athlete, etc.?
My road is paved with amazing support and love..and just enough self-confidence to be dangerous!! Who knows where I will end up, but I truly believe I will be in a better place than I started. Hopefully I don't end up back in Munchinkinland, at 6'0 I would not fit in very well there...

11 comments:

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

neat post. :-)

Lisa said...

Thank you for this post. I needed to hear about setbacks and loss of heart, brains, & courage! I've been feeling them this week....

tricia said...

AMAZING POST THIS AM! You give me so much to go on this morning! I'm new to running and have had a major set back. But i'll keep going.....down the yellow brick road...

thanks!

Marlene said...

I love this post! What a great analogy. And don't worry, Mel. You are NOT going to end up back in munchkinland!

Morgan said...

Mel this is a great frigging post! So inspiring! Very well written. You should def submit this on Runner's Lounge!

B.o.B. said...

So glad I came over here today! Thanks for the comment on my blog and leading me to the yellow brick road. I am a HUGE W of O fan!!! Great post and I'll be sure to keep follow, follow, following the road.

Sarah Jane said...

I am borderline teary-eyed. Love this analogy!

Fair Weather Runner said...

what a great post, and so true! thanks for the inspiration, much needed in my life right now.

Running, kind of. said...

I think you wrote this to me. I will have to re-read it so that it can sink in...thanks for the motivation. It helps to know that others feel the same way. I think I have forgotten why I am doing this. :)

aron said...

what a great post and SOOOO true :)

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